file for separation and custody of minor children? and in what order should i do them? also, what’s the typical costs to file? i live in granville county if that makes a difference.
i’m currently still living with my soon to be ex. we have 3 young children, and for their sake i believe they need to be with me. i’ve mentioned splitting up to him before, and he knows i’m not happy with our situation, his typical response is, ‘if you leave, just remember i have a big gun and know how to use it.’ obviously, even if he’s partially joking i still want to get out. that’s not funny, at all! i feel like i need out for the kids’ and my benefit. i want custody of the kids, because he has told me before that if i ever do leave him, he’ll do anything he can to take the kids cause that’s the one thing he knows will truly hurt me. i’m not currently employed, but i am actively job hunting, the market is tough right now, so work is scarce, he works on and off under the table. is there any way i can go ahead and file for custody of the kids before i leave so when i am able to go he can’t take them away from me? also, what are the chances of met getting custody seeing as i’m not working right now? what steps would you suggest i take? please help! thanks!